Homemade Magnetic Fishing Game

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May 7, 2012

For almost no cost, you can make a fun gift for young kids. I've seen this idea all over the internet and came up with my own version. I drew a pattern for a simple fish shape and a starfish, then used it to cut out two fabric pieces for each one.



Homemade fishing game view of the finished fish and starfish in bucket.


  1. Stitch your pieces together (right sides together, then turn right side out).

  2. Stuff with a bit of fiberfill.

  3. Hand-sew a metal washer onto the "nose" of your fish.

  4. Add a button eye if you like.

  5. Use a short piece of dowel for the fishing pole. Tie shoelace onto one end of the dowel.

  6. Super glue the end of the shoe lace in between two magnets.

    Warning:This is an important part of the project. You do not want the magnets to come off allowing for the possibility of being swallowed. This is not a toy for children under 3 or any child who likes to put things in his mouth.


  7. Now, find a bucket, basket, or some kind of container from which the little fisher boy or girl can "hook" a big catch. The magnet will hook onto the metal washers on the nose of the fish.

  8. Personalize the container and decorate any way you like.
Homemade fishing game view of the bucket with pole.

Source: Many examples online.

By ~gloria from upstate, NY

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December 31, 2012

My 11 year-old son asked me to help him make this for his little brother's Christmas present. It was a huge hit! My 6 year-old loves his fishing set and our 3 cats were utterly delighted.

Felt fish in box.

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